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After a continuous run of almost a decade, contest participation has gotten extremely low. See Contest is definitely dead. Now what? for more, and for possible next steps to revitalize it.

Also, you may instead want to check out the new Photo Competition on the main site! See also the Meta post, New Photo Contest.


This is the place to submit and vote on photos to be featured on the the main site. This contest should showcase your best quality work, demonstrating at least moderate skill with a camera and a general understanding of the artistic aspects of photography. Remember, the selected photo will be displayed on our main site header for a week. Submit something that you and the members of our site will want to look at and admire for seven days! This contest is for the community to choose what they LIKE (not what they dislike), so downvotes aren't allowed — see below for more.

Contest Format

Starting in December 2012, this contest follows a new perpetual format with continuously-rolling voting. Submit and vote on photos whenever you like. Every Monday (give or take; it's done by hand when site moderators have a spare moment), the top-voted image will be selected as the winner, and:

Then, the contest will continue with the remaining photos in the thread.

(Note that the themed photo contest will work on a different scheme.)

Voting Rules

  • Vote up as many images as you like.

  • Make sure to look at the "active" tab for this question to see new submissions.

  • Up votes only! Do NOT vote down your competitors! If you don't like an image, don't vote. (If you notice a downvote on an entry, make a note in a comment, and that will be taken into account when the weekly winner is selected.)

  • When you vote, consider the small size primarily, even if a larger image is linked. This contest's primary function is to select a header image, and we need the winners to be successful at that size.

Submitter Rules

  • Showcase your best work in any genre of photography by providing your image inline in an answer.

  • You may enter one photo per week. This is on the honor system, but abuse will eventually earn a strong talking-to.

  • Don't re-enter the same photo. Since the contest is continual, there's no need. You may withdraw an image from the contest at any time by deleting the answer.

  • You may edit your entry to fix problems or to add missing information, but don't switch the photo itself for a different one, or make gratuitous edits simply to "bump" the entry.

  • Images must be 210 px high and up to 375 px wide. This is the requirement for the header. Please feel free to provide a link to a larger version, but as explained above, the primary focus is on the header image.

  • For the same reason, images must be in landscape orientation.

  • Images must not contain any artificially added borders, watermarks, or decorations of any kind.

  • Do not use this as a forum for photo critique. Use chat instead, or ask a specific question about your image on the main site.

  • The submitted image must conform to this site's content license, cc-wiki with attribution required. If you're not comfortable with that, this isn't the contest for you.

Submitter notes

Be patient! This contest is relatively obscure, and it takes a while for images to accumulate votes. It's normal for really excellent images to have only one or two upvotes even after a time. The format of the contest should let them rise to the top eventually.

Feel free to include a concise description that explains the image, the emotions behind it, and so on, and perhaps some explanation of gear and exposure settings. This site is a collaboration for teaching and learning, so it's great to know those things — but it's not required for the contest.

When we get up and running with featuring these photos on the blog, this will provide the opportunity to go into more depth and to engage in conversation about your work.

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    As with all past contests, I'd like to stress the up-vote only policy. Let's keep our contest cordial. This is not a place for critique or a forum within which to express dislike, choose what you like, have fun, and let the contest roll! – jrista Dec 4 '12 at 22:22
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    See also: Regarding ties. Regarding image size/shape/orientation. – jrista Jan 8 '13 at 1:53
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    Please use this thread for discussion of what we should do about the PotW contest threads going forward. I agree that there are issues involved with a single everlasting thread, and we should be open to suggestions. – jrista Apr 8 '14 at 0:16
  • I suspect very few people are digging down to the bottom - based on dates and my past upvotes on other pictures and where they are in the heap now. A link to the entry page may help (or may exist and I've missed it). Something like ENTRIES START AT BOTTOM OF THIS PAGE - HAVE A LOOK – Russell McMahon Oct 9 '14 at 13:27
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    @RussellMcMahon It does say Make sure to look at the "active" tab for this question to see new submissions. which is like that but better. :) – mattdm Oct 9 '14 at 13:33

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At School

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See their smiles larger !

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  • @RussellMcMahon, Thanks for your kindness :) – Zahra Ezati May 1 '13 at 13:53
  • @RussellMcMahon I like it, because of their smile!!!!! – Bala Oct 21 '13 at 5:57
  • What's with the sasquatch walking along at the bottom of the mural in the back? – Olin Lathrop Oct 29 '13 at 12:54
  • @OlinLathrop, To be honest, I didn't get what you mean exactly :) – Zahra Ezati Oct 30 '13 at 10:45
  • There is a dark furry-looking knuckle-dragging being at the bottom of the mural in the top left corner of the picture. Perhaps you prefer yeti over sasquatch, but I thought yetis are supposed to be white (it's hard to keep all these mythical animals straight). – Olin Lathrop Nov 5 '13 at 22:47
  • @OlinLathrop, He's just a 7-8 year old boy picking sth up (I cannot remember what was that) from the ground. Nothing more :) – Zahra Ezati Nov 6 '13 at 10:07
  • @OlinLathrop You missed mentioning the two pyramids at left rear, the white hooded watcher and the two crows? flying. - Which got me to look at the original. Ah. A mural. I hadn't realised.It also reveals your Sasquatch for what it is, alas - I rather liked the mystical version. – Russell McMahon Nov 30 '14 at 23:17
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5 down

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An old-school counter to count stuff.

Camera: Canon 550D
Lens: Sigma 18-50mm f/2.8-4.5 DC OS HSM
Focal length: 50mm
Aperture: f/16
Shutter: 1/250
ISO: 100
Flash: Fired off-camera

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Classy and real horse power

Classy and real horse power

Link to Bigger Image, http://www.panoramio.com/photo/95220405

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A Window at My University

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    Its not even straight!! – NULLZ Aug 15 '13 at 1:46
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Sunset panorama

Sunset panorama

Nikon D5100, 18-55mm VR kit lens @ 55mm, ISO 200, f/5.6, 1/200s

I stitched a complete panorama from 5 images with Hugin, postprocessed in LR5, you can see the whole thing here (sorry, imgur caused a lot of JPEG artifacts on that one).

I just realized that it's similar to the current photo of the week, that wasn't intended I swear :).

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Hoop

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A basketball hoop at the playground where I used to live.

Camera: Canon EOS 5D
Lens: Canon EF 24-70 mm f/2.8 L USM
Focal length: 24 mm
Aperture: 16
Shutter time: 1/30 s
ISO: 100

Larger image

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  • I like the atmosphere this piece creates. It's like nostalgic innocence. – person27 Jan 1 '16 at 6:16
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Low Key, Single Light I

Guen with single light

Tech details:

  • Pentax K-5II, ISO 100, and at the ¹⁄₁₈₀th second flash sync speed.
  • Pentax SMC DA 70mm Limited @ f/5.6
  • Cheetah Light V850 in Westcott Rapid Box at ¹⁄₁₆th power immediately out of frame to the left.

see larger (and in portrait orientation, as shot)

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  • excellent snap!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! – Bala Mar 1 '14 at 18:45
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f-stop: f/2
ISO: 3200
Focal Length: 50mm
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Rainbow

Rainbow

full version http://www.panoramio.com/photo/76902131

Camera: SONY NEX-5; Taken on 2012/08/11 18:34:32; Exposure: 0.004s (1/250); Focal Length: 18.00mm; F/Stop: f/11.000; ISO Speed: ISO200; Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV; No flash

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Cafe

Cafe

Full version

Camera: SONY NEX-5, Taken on 2013/10/20 11:06:18, Exposure: 0.008s (1/125), Focal Length: 36.00mm, F/Stop: f/6.300, ISO Speed: ISO200, Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV, No flash

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Fly Agaric

fly agaric

Taken in Schönbuch forest, on an overcast day.

Larger version on Flickr

ISO 100, f/2.8, 1/50s, 17mm, Sigma 17-70mm f/2.8-4 DC Macro OS HSM on Canon EOS 60D

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Summer landscape

Summer landscape

Camera: SONY NEX-5; Taken on 2013/07/27 17:10:56; Exposure: 0.001s (1/1600); Focal Length: 18.00mm; F/Stop: f/10.000; ISO Speed: ISO200; Exposure Bias: -2.00 EV; No flash

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coke can on the beach

on flickr

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Emadoddoleh Mosque, Kermanshah, Iran

Emadoddoleh Mosque, Kermanshah, Iran

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Love In A Mist

Canon IXUS 132, 5 mm, 1/79, F/3.2, ISO 100.

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This photo was taken in Sep 2015, from the "Rock of Cashel" hill (Ireland).

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Camera: Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000
Focal Length: 38mm (full frame equiv.: 103mm)
Aperture: f/8.0
Shutter: 1/320
ISO: 125
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Little girl posing

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butterfly

Taken in the botanic garden in Munich (Jan 2016).

Camera: Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000
Focal Length: 19mm (51mm equiv.)
Aperture: f/3.4
Shutter: 1/80
ISO: 125
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Echinothrix Calamaris

Echinothrix Calamaris (Sea Urchin)

Large version here

Camera: Mamiya 645 Pro
Film: Fuji Pro 400H
Exposure: Probably 1/60th
Aperture: Probably 2.8
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ELEMENTS

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  • Fujifilm X-E1
  • Fujifilm XF 18-55mm F2.8-4 R LM OIS
  • 1/125s, f2.8, ISO200
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Leaving home

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Railroad to infinity

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NewYork skyline from liberty island.

Uncropped larger version is here

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Maroon Bells Under Moonlight

Maroon Bells Under Moonlight

Taken at the edge of Maroon Lake in the Maroon Bells Wilderness Area, west of Aspen, Colorado, USA, two nights before full moon, at 2:40 AM.

Camera: Nikon D800E
Lens: PC-E Nikkor 24mm f/3.5 ED
Exposure: ISO 3200, ƒ/5.6, 30 sec.

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Taken in New York City on the Hudson River on 19th December 2011, on a Nikon D90 with a Nikon 18-55mm f3.5-5.6 AF-S VR lens. Post-processed to increase contrast and colour saturation.

ISO 200, f8, 1/500 sec, 26mm.

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  • @scottbb Sorry, I overlooked the image width. Corrected. – Chris Peacock Sep 5 '16 at 11:49
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Time connects memories. Time is the most powerful thing in this world. You can't actually rewind it, but when you rewind this you call them Memories and you connect to the world you left behind.

Click here for a Full version: https://500px.com/photo/176449291/time-by-mohit-aphale

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Evening sky over the Ulsoor Lake in Bangalore, India. Shot using Google Pixel

Evening sky over the Ulsoor Lake in Bangalore, India. Shot using Google Pixel

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  • Name: Boblbee
  • Description: Bomb shelter in school

Bomb shelter

Flickr-full size photo

Nikon D3300

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Boat On Logs

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This one fascinated me with it's unique nature. How often you see boat on logs. Higher resolution can be checked here.

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Evening over Ulsoor Lake, Bangalore. Shot using Google Pixel. Minor color retouch in photoshop. enter image description here

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